National Newswatch

Trudeau Wins Tentative Support From NDP Leader Singh

Sep 24 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have sweetened an ambitious spending plan enough to push it through parliament and avoid an election. Since his Liberals lack a majority in the legislature, Trudeau needs backing from at least one opposition party for the agenda. The government introduced legislation Thursday morning that maintains income supports for workers […]

Rising Covid-19 Cases Curtail Trudeau’s Spending Ambitions

Sep 22 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lofty ambitions for “building back better” after the pandemic have come crashing into the reality of an apparent second wave of the virus in Canada. As case numbers climb, Trudeau’s government has made a sharp pivot from talk of boldly transforming the nation’s economy and social programs to the immediate task […]

Trudeau Poised to Announce Three-Pillar Economic Recovery Plan

Sep 21 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to unveil a new plan to try to contain the spread of Covid-19 and recharge Canada’s pandemic-battered economy, according to a senior government official. The broad themes in this week’s so-called Throne Speech — which outlines his government’s priorities — will be a focus on the immediate task of […]

Trudeau Could Play Electoral Split on Red Ink to His Advantage

Sep 10 2020 — Theophilos Argitis — Canadians are evenly split on whether their government should reduce its Covid-inflated budget deficit, as Justin Trudeau prepares to push the nation deeper into debt. A Bloomberg News survey this month by Nanos Research found 41% of respondents are in favor of continuing with large shortfalls to provide ongoing support to Canadians, versus 43% who […]

Struggling Airports Implore Trudeau to Help Hardest-Hit Sectors

Sep 4 2020 — Theophilos Argitis — Canada’s airports are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up relief efforts for industries hardest hit by the pandemic, as the governing Liberal Party prepares to roll out a recovery package for the nation’s economy. The Canadian Airports Council will issue a request Friday for the government to extend rent relief to airports beyond […]

Trudeau’s Rift With Finance Chief Weighs on Virus Recovery Plan

Aug 15 2020 — — After spending hundreds of billions to prevent a major depression, Justin Trudeau will make critical decisions in coming weeks on the next steps to support Canada’s economic recovery. That will include whether to keep or drop the only finance minister he has ever had. The strains between Trudeau and Bill Morneau, the two most powerful […]

Canada’s AAA Rating Confirmed By S&P On ‘Ample’ Fiscal Room

Jul 23 2020 — — Canada’s AAA rating and stable outlook has been confirmed by S&P Global Ratings, which cited the country’s “ample” fiscal and monetary buffer and its diversified economy. “Canada’s public finances were well positioned entering the pandemic to enable a strong policy response to contain its negative impact without weakening sovereign creditworthiness,” S&P analysts including Julia L […]

U.K. Lawmakers Point to Trump in Push For ‘Fake News’ Regulation

Jul 20 2020 — — U.S. President Donald Trump’s amplification of online fake news helped drive U.K. lawmakers’ urgent recommendation for social media regulation, according to a report published Tuesday. The paper on misinformation and other “online harms,” drafted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, follows action taken by Twitter Inc. to censor the U.S. president’s […]

Putin Heading for Big Win in Vote to Extend Rule to 2036

Jul 1 2020 — — Russian President Vladimir Putin headed for a resounding endorsement of his bid to extend his two-decade-long rule potentially to 2036, even as some polls show his approval ratings near historic lows. Preliminary results of the vote showed 74% voted for the proposal, with 31% of precincts counted. Turnout was over 65%. Officials released the first […]

Kim Jong Un Surgery Report Fuels Speculation About Leader’s Health

Apr 20 2020 — — An online media report saying Kim Jong Un underwent a medical procedure is fueling new speculation about North Korean leader’s health after his unprecedented absence from events last week marking his grandfather’s birthday. The Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that gathers information from informants inside the isolated nation, reported Tuesday that Kim underwent a “cardiovascular […]

Fauci Says 200,000 Deaths in the U.S. Are Possible: Virus Update

Mar 29 2020 — — U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach 200,000, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said, calling the estimate “fluid.” Spain had its deadliest day of the pandemic as the nation’s overloaded health-care system struggles to cope with almost 80,000 cases of Covid-19.

A Dubious Demonstration Spurs Debate Over Canada’s China Policy

Feb 13 2020 — — Something didn’t add up about the oddball group of youngsters gathered at a Vancouver courthouse calling for the release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, at her hearings to fight extradition to the U.S. They refused to identify themselves. Their placards were identical, down to the handwriting and grammatical errors.